FLINT TWP. —Fast-food offerings on Miller Road are slowing down as indicated by recent closings of two eateries.
The KFC restaurant at 3066 Miller Rd. has closed permanently and the Sonic drivethrough at 3140 has reportedly closed until spring.
KFC has operated at that location for an estimated 40 to 45 years. Township assessment records for the property date back to 1967 but do not show how long the restaurant has been there.
Tracey Tucker, township director of economic enhancement, estimated that KFC has been there since the 1970s.
Signs were posted on the doors thanking customers for their business and inviting them to visit other nearby KFC locations at 4427 Corunna Road and 1445 Bristol Road.
As of late last week, those signs had been removed and the building stripped of all KFC signage. An availability sign now prominently posted in the front window is from MDI Real Estate Services of Flint, which did not return calls seeking further comment.
Township records show that the tax bill for the property goes to Kazi Foods of Troy. Kazi also did not respond to a call seeking comment on the reason the KFC closed or the fate of its employees.
Sonic’s shutdown is temporary, according to Martha Sanford, spokesperson for Miller-Apple Ltd. Partnership, which operates local Sonic franchises and 21 area Applebee’s restaurants.
“We’re hoping to reopen in the spring,’’ Sanford said, noting that other Sonic restaurants also close during colder months.
Sanford said that some Sonic employees were invited to apply for work at Applebee’s but she did not know how many did.
Posted notices indicate the business is closed but does not say it will reopen in the spring. Sanford said menu boards were removed from the drive-through station as a security precaution.
Miller-Apple also operates the Sonic in Birch Run which has been closed for the winter. It is the first seasonal closing for the Sonic on Miller Road which opened in 2008 and the Birch Run site which opened in 2009.